Posted by: rachelhampton | 05/14/2010

Helping Babies Breathe: A new infant resuscitation curriculum

On Wednesday, Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) launched their new website: www.helpingbabiesbreathe.org. The program is a new initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics and many others to develop and implement an evidence-based neonatal resuscitation curriculum in developing countries. One of the goals of HBB is to ensure that every delivery is attended by at least one person who is skilled in neonatal resuscitation.

Birth asphyxia is the second leading cause of neonatal death, killing approximately one million infants per year. Asphyxia also contributes to stillbirth and may result in long-term neurodevelopment disability such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and behavioral disorders. If caught in time, asphyxia can be easily prevented by resuscitation. Unfortunately, too few women give birth in a health care facility, and even fewer are attended by health care workers who are trained to identify asphyxia and resuscitate infants.

HBB has developed a comprehensive training program, built around an evidence-based curriculum, that may be adapted according to the specific population. The training toolkit includes a facilitator flip chart, learner workbook, action plan wall poster and a newborn simulator doll. One of the main components of the training is hands-on practice in neonatal resuscitation with the training doll, which is filled with two kilos of warm water during training to simulate the warmth and feel of a newborn. Another component of this training program is ongoing mentorship to provide technical assistance, guidance and evaluation support for program implementers. To learn more about HBB, visit www.helpingbabiesbreathe.org. The global launch of the HBB curriculum is June 14-16 in Washington, DC.


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